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Leading regional airline announces details of new daily flight to regional France under Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund

11th February 2016

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has today (11th February 2016) confirmed details of a new daily flight between Southampton and Lyon as part of its 2016 Summer schedule. This is the second route it has announced to be operated under the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund. Tickets are available for booking now at with one way fares from £29.99 including taxes and charges, effective for travel between 23rd May and 29th October, 2016.
There are excellent transport connections from Lyon for onward travel within France thanks to direct, high speed trains. Travellers can explore this historic city and its World Heritage Site or venture further afield, with Geneva under two hours’ drive away and Turin just under four.



Effective for travel 23rd May to 29th October 2016

Mon - Sat

Dep SOU 0700 Arr LYS 0950     Dep LYS 1025 Arr SOU 1125


Dep SOU 1000 Arr LYS 1250     Dep LYS 1325 Arr SOU 1425

With the aim of providing improved connectivity with new transport connections for businesses and passengers from their local areas, the Department for Transport last year published a shortlist of new international and domestic routes to and from UK regional airports handling fewer than five million passengers a year. The Department then invited representations from interested parties interested in operating any of the routes commercially, and overall Flybe was successful in securing nearly half, of which Southampton to Lyon is one.
Aviation Minister Robert Goodwill said: “It is fantastic to see Flybe launch this new service between Southampton and Lyon. Our smaller airports are vital engines for local economies, connecting the UK and overseas destinations and opening up opportunities. That is why the Government is backing new regional air routes to drive investment and boost growth across the country.”

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer comments: “We are delighted to announce details of Flybe’s second route to be funded under the Government’s Regional Air Connectivity Fund.  Our new daily service between Southampton and Lyon is a great example of our ongoing commitment to strengthening our position as the airline of choice for customers travelling between Southampton airport and regional France. We will continue to offer unrivalled connectivity and the widest possible choice of destinations for time-saving travel from our South Coast base.”

MD of Southampton Airport, Dave Lees, added: “The new Flybe route to Lyon from Southampton opens up air links to the second largest metropolitan area in France, after Paris. Not only is this the capital for gastronomy in France, but it is also a business centre specialising in banking, chemical, pharmaceutical and biotech industries. This new route is likely to be popular with leisure and business passengers alike and we are really pleased that it has received support from the Government through the Regional Air Connectivity Fund.”

Today’s news follows Flybe’s recent announcements of a new route to Paris Charles De Gaulle and the return of popular ‘summer sun’ routes to Alicante, Malaga, Palma Mallorca and Faro.  

The airline will now operate 30 routes in total from Southampton this summer offering a choice of up to 357flights a week.
Notes to Editors:
Stewart Dunn, CEO of Hampshire Chamber has also welcomed the route, saying: "The new Flybe Lyon connection from Southampton is good news for business and visitors alike combining a strong blend of business synergies with Hampshire and an enjoyable cultural experience for visitors."

Issued by the Flybe press office:  T: 0845 675 0681    E:[email protected]

About Flybe
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 194 routes serving 10 countries from 72 departure points, 37 UK/35 European airports* (all routes on sale Jan ’16 – Oct ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Dec ’14 – Nov‘15); named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Nov’15); operates fleet of 75 aircraft – 52 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 3 ATR 72s; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has two franchise partners, Loganair and Stobart Air making it only UK airline brand with 71% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Nov ’15); has own globally recognised Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.

*Flown under the Flybe brand (31 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 3 routes and 3 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)